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Business & Professional Women of Durham Bursary Fund

BPW – Durham fundraiser feeds bursary fund
WHITBY, ON FEB. 10, 2007: They pay for groceries or diapers or car repairs. Small amounts, really: seldom more than one or two thousand dollars. Nonetheless, the bursaries given by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Durham represent last hope funding for young, underprivileged women attending Durham College, UOIT and Trillium College. Single mothers, foodbank users, women on welfare and mother’s allowance. In truth, they purchase education, a better life and hope.

Take Ashley*. The young single mother drove from Peterborough to Oshawa every day to attend the dental hygienist course she believed would take her from minimum-wage subsistence to a career that would support her and provide for her young child.

Until her car broke down. The bill was only a few hundred dollars but it might as well have been a few million. BPW-Durham helped; Ashley graduated.

Over the last decade, BPW – Durham has helped over 50 young women like Ashley attend college or university.

On Saturday, February 17, BPW-Durham is filling the bursary kitty with a fundraising workshop entitled Roadmap to Success: Making Connections. Gary Polonsky, founder of UOIT, headlines the event. He shares the podium with Sue Sutcliffe, professional speaker and owner of aWEBthatWORKS.com. The event is open to both men and women.

It takes place at the Whitby Central Library, 405 Dundas Street W., from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes continental breakfast and light lunch. Tickets are $50.

Call Joan Ann Evelyn at (905) 725-9179 or e-mail bpwdurham@netscape.net to purchase your ticket to hope.

*Names have been changed

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Kim Beatty, bpwdurham@netscape.net, (905) 579-8184
Joan Ann Evelyn, bpwdurham@netscape.net, (905) 725-9179

 

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